The Autism Speaks Special Report reveals common beliefs about autism, and provides information to dispel the myths and explain the facts. This report and its companion, a new Autism Speaks Quiz on myths and misconceptions, are available at AutismSpeaks.org/WAM.Other key findings:
- Almost three-quarters of those surveyed agreed that children with autism are more likely than other children to be bullied.
- Misconceptions exist in some communities about whether people with autism commit crimes at a higher rate than the general population. In fact, research dispels that notion and shows that those with autism are more likely than average to be the victims of crime.
- There is still a lack of understanding among some people about autism's effect on daily life, including driving, relationships and humor.
- The Autism Speaks Story Mosaic: Thousands of people affected by autism - children, adults, families and supporters -- are sharing their own stories and pictures in an interactive feature. The diverse stories submitted so far include people ages 4 to 59, in more than 50 countries. Explore these stories - or share one - at autismmosaic.org/WAM.
- Get the Full Picture public service campaign: Autism affects each person differently. "Get the Full Picture," Autism Speaks' new public service campaign, creates a diverse picture of what autism is, through the eyes of children and adults on the vast spectrum. Created pro bono by the New York creative agency JWalk, the campaign features six people with different challenges and strengths. The campaign launches nationally April 2, along with six video profiles that can be viewed at AutismSpeaks.org/WAM. Share your story on social media, using #AutismIs and #LightItUpBlue.
- Light It Up Blue: Join the annual Autism Speaks campaign for understanding and acceptance. In 150 countries, iconic landmarks as well as businesses, schools and homes will be lit in blue at dusk. Landmarks include the Empire State Building; Sichuan Tower of China; Tokyo Tower; the ancient city of Petra, Jordan; Niagara Falls; the Sagrada Familia in Spain; Prince's Palace of Monaco; Panama Canal; and Sydney Opera House in Australia, among others. Learn how to Light It Up Blue at AutismSpeaks.org/LIUB. Photos available here.
- Wear Blue on World Autism Awareness Day: Share photos of yourself, family, friends and co-workers wearing blue on April 2 and throughout the month via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, using #LightItUpBlue.